Sergeant Stubby – An American Hero
For years, people have used dogs to perform tasks and jobs for which humans simply aren’t suited. People who’ve realized the intelligence, natural ability, and eager to please disposition of dogs have trained them for hunting, herding, and search and rescue, where they’ve performed admirably for their masters and provided a valuable service to their community.
However, these aren’t the only jobs that dogs are capable of performing. Dogs are well suited for a variety of jobs, and many of them have become loyal and trusted examples of the very best of canine nature.
Everyone knows of the extensive history of war dogs, with examples in history coming from such fabled armies as the Greeks, Persians, and Romans. America had a war dog too. He wasn’t bred, or even drafted, for military service; No, this dog was a volunteer.
Sergeant Stubby appeared one day at a field in Connecticut where groups of soldiers were training. Corporal Robert Conroy quickly grew to like the little dog, and when it was time for his unit to ship out, he smuggled Sergeant Stubby onboard his ship.
Sergeant Stubby saw action in 17 battles, and was wounded by a German hand grenade. He was sent from the fighting to heal, and, once he was able, returned to fight on the front lines. He warned fellow soldiers of gas and mortar attacks, rescued injured soldiers on the battlefields, and even captured a spy. He was the most decorated dog of World War I, even earning a purple heart during his service.
When the U.S. had retaken Chateau- Thierry, a French commune about 50 miles east- northeast of Paris, the women of the town were so thankful that they knitted Sergeant Stubby a coat to pin his medals on.
After the war, Sergeant Stubby became something of a celebrity. Marching in and leading parades, meeting several presidents, even becoming the mascot of the Georgetown Hoyas while Conroy was a law student there, performing tricks at the school’s football games for the amusement of the fans in attendance.
He was also a lifetime member of such organizations as the YMCA, the Red Cross, and the American Legion. General John Pershing, a legendary officer of the United States Army himself, presented Sergeant Stubby with a special gold medal from The Humane Education Society for his selfless dedication to his regiment and service to his country.
Stubby died in 1926, as Robert Conroy held him in his arms. His remains are on display in the Smithsonian, and he received a brick in the Liberty Memorial’s Walk of Honor.
Many dogs would do anything to please their master. Some perform feats of bravery like pulling children from accidents and leading rescuers to disaster victims completely on their own.
But only Stubby volunteered for the Army and earned the rank of Sergeant on the ba